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Weekly Address: Top 10 Things that Happened in 2015

December 19, 2015

In this week's address, the President celebrated the end of the year tradition of list-making with a year-in-review list of his own. The President offered his roundup of the top 10 things that happened in 2015, all of which should make us optimistic about the prospects for 2016. This past year has been one where we’ve seen unprecedented progress in areas ranging from the Iran deal to marriage equality to concluding a historic trade agreement.

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A Critical Step Forward for a Stronger Economy and a Simpler, Fairer Tax Code

December 18, 2015

Today, the President signed into law a bipartisan budget agreement that bolsters our security, grows our economy, and reflects our values. While no deal is perfect, this agreement achieves the three key conditions set forward by the President and Congressional Democrats: undoing the harmful cuts known as sequestration, investing equally in both national security and economic growth, and avoiding ideological issues.

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West Wing Week: 12/18/2015 or, "My Soon-To-Be Fellow Citizens"

December 18, 2015

This week, the President heralded the achievement of the whole world coming together to combat climate change, traveled to the Pentagon and the National Counterterrorism Center to continue the work on securing our nation, and presided over a very moving naturalization ceremony at the National Archives.

Saturday, December 12

On Saturday evening, the President delivered a statement from the Cabinet Room on the historic global agreement reached by the U.S. and nearly 200 nations to combat climate change, otherwise known as the Paris Agreement.

Monday, December 14

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President Obama Has Shortened the Sentences of More People Than the Last 5 Presidents Combined

December 18, 2015

Today, President Obama is commuting the federal prison sentences of 95 men and women, most of whom committed nonviolent offenses. With this step, the President has now granted 184 commutations total -- more than the last five presidents combined. Take a look:

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The Rise of Online Business Lending and What to Look Out For

December 18, 2015

Small businesses are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy, and financing is the viability of a small business. Small business owners rely on...

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Good News: Millions More Americans with Student Debt Can Now Lower Their Payments

December 17, 2015

No hardworking American should go broke from student loans. That’s why today, the Department of Education announced an expansion of the Pay As You Earn loan repayment plans (PAYE) that will help bring relief and make it easier for millions more Americans who are struggling with student loan debt. Under PAYE plans, if you're a borrower who needs help with your debt, you can reduce your monthly payment to as low as $0 and you'll never have to pay more than 10 percent of your income towards student loan payments.

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One Year Later: Reflecting on a New Chapter in U.S.-Cuba Relations

December 17, 2015

This blog is cross-posted from the Department of Commerce.

Secretary Penny Pritzker held a bilateral meeting with Rodrigo Malmierca, Cuba's Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment, following the U.S.-Cuba Regulatory Dialogue meeting.

On December 17, 2014 President Obama made the historic announcement that the United States would no longer be held captive by the past and would instead move toward normalizing relations with the island of Cuba.

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One Year Later: Reflecting on a New Chapter in U.S.-Cuba Relations

December 17, 2015

On December 17, 2014 President Obama made the historic announcement that the United States would no longer be held captive by the past and would instead move toward normalizing relations with the island of Cuba.
This shift in policy was rooted in a fundamental desire to improve the lives of people in both our nations. We want to help the Cuban people connect to the global economy and enjoy a higher standard of living, while also giving the people of the United States an opportunity to learn about a country that is only 90 miles off our shores.

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U.S. Department of Commerce Most Popular Blogs of 2015

December 16, 2015

As we close out the year 2015, we also mark two years since the launch of the Commerce Department’s Open for Business Agenda, a bold policy priorities framework for the Department of Commerce, centered on the tools needed for U.S. economic growth.  These tools include U.S. trade and investment, innovation, data, environmental intelligence, and operational excellence, and this agenda reflects the Department’s role as the voice of business, as well as the Obama Administration’s keen focus on economic growth and job creation.

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President Obama: "Immigrants and Refugees Revitalize and Renew America"

December 16, 2015

President Barack Obama participates in a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives in Washington, D.C., Dec. 15, 2015. Next to the President from left, Deputy Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Department of Homeland Security; Leon Rodriguez, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services; Chief Judge Richard Roberts, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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